Claudio Ranieri arrives at Watford’s training ground ahead of becoming club’s new boss… with Italian set to take charge of his FOURTH Premier League side after they ruthlessly sacked Xisco Munoz at the weekend

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  • Claudio Ranieri arrives at Watford’s training ground on Monday morning
  • The Italian is set to replace Spain’s Zisco Munoz, who was sacked on Sunday
  • The 69-year-old has spells at Chelsea, Fulham and the famous Leicester
  • He will become the Hornet’s 16th permanent boss during the last 10 years

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Claudio Ranieri arrives at Watford’s training ground before being named the club’s new boss.

The Italian emerged as a serious contender to take the reins at Vicarage Road on Sunday after Gisco Munoz suffered the first managerial casualty in the Premier League this season.

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And now the 69-year-old Lux ​​is set to lead a Premier League club for the fourth time in his career, following previous stints in west London with Chelsea and Fulham on either side of his historic spell at Leicester.

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Claudio Ranieri arrives at Watford’s training ground before becoming his new boss

The Italian is set to take over from Spain's Zisco Munoz, who was sacked on Sunday

The Italian is set to take over from Spain’s Zisco Munoz, who was sacked on Sunday

The expected appointment of Ranieri – who left Sampdoria in May after two years at the helm of the Serie A outfit – would mark a shocking return to English football for one of the league’s most recognizable figures.

Nearly 16 years after his first job on these shores at Stamford Bridge, Rainier led Leicester City to an unexpected Premier League title more than five years ago.

He would go on to manage the likes of Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Inter Milan and Roma before a spell in charge at Fulham but could not save the club from top-flight relegation in 2019.

However, Ranieri is now set to become the Hornets’ 16th separate permanent boss over the past decade, and 13th since the Pozzo family completed the takeover of the club in 2012.

Ranieri to be Hornets' 16th separate permanent boss in last 10 years

Ranieri to be Hornets’ 16th separate permanent boss in last 10 years

The ex-Leicester boss’s first game in charge is set to see Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool visit Vicarage Road in the Premier League after the international break on 16 October.

The Italian – who turns 70 later this month – is expected to take over after Watford’s ruthless decision to sack Spaniard Munoz after only 10 months in charge.

The 41-year-old took the club back into the Premier League in his first season, but the hierarchy were ultimately dissatisfied, beginning with four losses in his opening seven games in the top flight.

The latest of those upsets came in their 1-0 loss to Leeds on Saturday, dropping them to 15th place with seven points.

Xisco was popular with Watford players and staff – especially after Vladimir Ivic’s tenure – but his lack of control at the club was seen as a clear indicator for his departure.

“The Board feels that recent performances indicate a negative trend, at a time when team cohesion should improve,” the club said in a statement.

Ranieri propelled Leicester City to an unexpected Premier League title more than five years ago

Ranieri propelled Leicester City to an unexpected Premier League title more than five years ago

The Hornets will always be grateful to Zisco for the role he played in securing the promotions last season and wish him all the best for his future career in football.’

After leaving Vicarage Road, Munoz released his statement via Twitter, saying: ‘It’s been a wonderful journey and it ended in a way I neither expected nor wished for.

‘I am grateful and I will only remember all the good things I have experienced.

‘This is a sad day for me and my family as it marks the end of a period in a club and in a city where we have felt at home.

‘I have nothing but words of gratitude for the club that gave me the opportunity to embark on my first adventure in this exciting country.

“A heartfelt thank you to the players for placing blind faith and trust in me and my staff from the very first moment so that together we can achieve our dream of promotion to the Premier League.”

‘And a big thank you to all the members of the club who are not visible in the photos, as they are essential to the proper functioning of this team. You made my life so easy.

“Finally, I would like to make a special shout out to the fans. It’s only been one year, but I will never forget its intensity and the treatment you have given me over the years. I will always be a fan of Watford FC.

17 Watford Bosses in 10 Years

Malke McKay (Sacked June 2011)

Sean Dyche (June 2011-July 2012)

Gianfranco Zola (July 2012-December 2013)

Giuseppe Sannino (December 2013-August 2014)

Oscar Garcia (September 2014)

Billy McKinley (September 2014-October 2014)

Slavisa Jokanovic (October 2014-June 2015)

Quick Sanchez Floors (June 2015-May 2016)

Walter Mazari (July 2016-May 2017)

Marco Silva (May 2017-January 2018)

Xavi Gracia (January 2018-September 2019)

Quick Sanchez Floors (September 2019-December 2019)

Hayden Mullins (caretaker, December 2019)

Nigel Pearson (December 2019-July 2020)

Hayden Mullins (caretaker, July 2020)

Vladimir Ivic (August 2020-December 2020)

Xisco Munoz (December 2020-October 2021)

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